Friday, October 30, 2009

Acceptance!

Yesterday afternoon we received a call from HCJB Global letting us know that we are now accepted as missionaries with them! What does this mean exactly? Well - HCJB has offered us position(s) in Shell, Ecuador. Generally, the contract runs for 3 years at which time we re-evaluate them and they re-evaluate us. Our job descriptions (they will change I'm sure over time) in Ecuador consist of general contractor for a hospital addition (Eric), leading work teams (Eric), training locals in water filtration unit building (Eric), health and hygiene training (Renee), Occupational Therapy at the Hospital and orphanage (Renee) and managing the guest house (Renee).

So what next? HCJB requires that we raise 100% of our funds prior to leaving the country. This does not mean that we have to have 100% in hand but we must have pledges for 100% of our needs. In other words we will be fundraising for the next several months, speaking at churches about HCJB and their vision/goals worldwide as well as with individuals. In January Eric and I will return to Colorado Springs for 10 days of training that is required.

If our funds are raised and everything here (Holland) is in order then we would hope to begin our journey mid-July 2010. There is a missionary training school for adults and kids north of Colorado Springs that we would attend for 6 weeks and then head off to Costa Rica for 3-6 months of language school. Directly from lanaguage school to Ecuador. That is just a brief synopsis of "our" plan. Only God knows the timing. We will trust Him to work out the details.

In the meantime Eric is busy working for one of his brothers and I am trying to keep up the house as it is now on the market. We have had 2 showings so far and an open house is scheduled for this Saturday. If you remember please pray for the rain to stop!!! Woke up this A.M. to a flooded front yard. Of course the flooded area is the area we just added top soil too and re-seeded. Our house is fine as we put in 7 de-watering wells in May but the yard is not attractive.

We are both also studying our Spanish via computer and I am taking Bible classes on-line to finish up HCJB's Bible credit requirements. We will continue to keep you updated as we find out more. If you would like to know more about the journey God has us on - please give us a call or shoot us an email. We would love to share what HCJB is doing globally. Feel free to check out their website also at www.hcjbglobal.org.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Home again

Eric at Focus on the Family.
Airforce academy.


Lobby of Compassion International.

The Red Rocks are part of Garden of the Gods Park. The snow capped peak is Pikes Peak at 14,000 feet.




The day we arrived they had just finished having an ice storm. This was a cherry tree in a nearby park.

Well - we are home again. Arrived last night at midnight after a several hour delay in Colorado Springs airport due to awful weather in Minneapolis. After much waiting in the airport and switching flights we actually arrived home at the same time we would have -had we left on our original flight. We ended up taking one less flight in the process.

The three days of interviews and classes were long but very thorough. We walked away tired, however feeling positive about the experience. The membership committee has yet to vote so we don't yet know our status. We should know by next week if we are accepted as appointees. At that point we can begin fundraising for our language school and work in Ecuador.

After we had our last class on Wednesday we had the opportunity to visit Garden of the Gods park, and Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Both are very beautiful. On Thursday before we left we stopped at Focus on the Family, Compassion International and the Airforce Academy for very quick tours. We will keep you updated as we hear more. Thank you for your prayers.










Monday, October 12, 2009

Survival of day 1

Hello Family and friends,

We arrived safely in Colorado Springs yesterday afternoon. After a restless night we were up at 4:00 am local time (after all it is 6:00am in MI). Our day was spent at HCJB headquarters and it was a full one. The day began meeting the other 4 couples that are in our discovery class and then 1 hour of chapel. After that we attended 2 - 1 hour classes on the history of HCJB and a class on Biblical submission. Lunch followed and then Eric and I met with HR to go over our mini work profile tests that we took online a few weeks ago. Surprisingly accurate. Another meeting on finances and then on placement. Dinner followed and then we had separate psychological interviews. Believe it or not we are not crazy - at least not certifiably! We arrived back at our "host home" at 7:30. Our day begins tomorrow at 8:00am again with more meetings.

We are holding up well but very tired so if you think about us - please pray for rest during this process. Thank you for praying for us and caring for our kids Mom, Mom, Sarah and Lynelle! We love you Adrianne, Kevin and Joshua. See you on Thursday!
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